Articles tagged: password recovery

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How to Choose Good Security Questions

Security questions are a cornerstone of much internet security. I’ll look at what they are, how they fail, why you should avoid them, and what to do if you can’t.

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What are my Hotmail and Outlook.com Account Recovery Options?

Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Microsoft account compromise and loss happens. How to get your account back varies based on just what was stolen. I’ll review different scenarios.

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How Do I Hack Someone’s Account?

Hacking into someone’s account is often seen as an answer to some problem. In reality, all it does is open a can of worms and put you at risk.

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How Do I Force My Email Account to Close on Another Device?

There are possibilities here that are, perhaps, even more unsavory than having someone you know reading your mail. So first things first!

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Why Do I Need Another Email Address to Access My Account?

This is a system designed to help you recover your email account if something should go wrong… and things go wrong more often than you would like to think!

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Why Can’t Online Services Tell Me What My Password Is?

It’s for your own protection, and actually the result of fascinating mathematical wizardry. And if they can tell you your password? They’re doing security wrong.

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Would changing user names result in additional security?

Common wisdom is that you should change passwords periodically; so should you change user names too? My take: common wisdom is wrong from the start.

Why Do Services like Google and Microsoft Ask for a Phone Number?

Many online services request that you provide additional information such as your phone number. I’ll look at how that’s typically used and why it’s a good thing.

How Do I Create a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk, and Why Would I Want To?

Windows includes a little-known and little-used feature that allows you to reset your Windows password if you’ve lost or forgotten it. There’s only one catch: you need to prepare.

How do I change my Hotmail alternate email address?

Your alternate email address is critical should you forget your password or lose access to your Hotmail account. I’ll show you how to set or change it.